Two dead as gunman open fires in supermarket in Germany

Two people have been killed after a gunmen entered an Aldi supermarket in a small town in Germany and opened fire, according to reports.FILE PHOTO: General view of an Aldi store sign

Witnesses said a man followed a woman into the discount supermarket and shot her dead before turning the gun on himself at around 1pm local time in Schwalmstadt-Treysa in central Germany on Tuesday.

Officers said there was no further danger to the residents of the town of around 8,500 people northeast of Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt.

Local police tweeted: “According to matching witness statements, a man first shot a woman in the market and then apparently took his own life immediately afterwards.

“According to initial investigations, there are currently no indications of the involvement of third parties.”

There were no other injuries, according to reports.

A witness told local newspaper HNA the woman, 53, realized she was being followed so burst into the supermarket begging for help. But the man, 58, shot her and then ended his own life.

They added shoppers didn’t realise the apparent murder-suicide had taken place and thought the gunshot was someone breaking glass on the aisle.

Police have cordoned off the area saying they were investigating the exact background of the crime. The relationship between the two dead people is still unclear.

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